Grade Reconfiguration Task Forces

  • The Northshore School District Board of Directors unanimously approved a recommendation by the Enrollment Demographics Task Force (EDTF) to pursue funding for a new high school in the north end of the school district to provide a longer-term solution to enrollment growth and reconfigure grade levels to a K-5, 6-8 and 9-12 model to provide greater academic opportunities for students districtwide. A Capital Projects Bond measure was developed through the Capital Projects Bond Task Force and approved by the School Board for the February 11, 2014, election.

    On February 11, 2014, the Northshore community approved of the Capital Projects Bond that allowed the district to pursue the design and construction of our fourth comprehensive high school and grade level reconfiguration (grades K-5 elementary school,  6-8 middle schools and 9-12 high schools). In preparation for these changes, three task forces have supported the visioning and planning process for grade reconfiguration.

    Mission:

    "To successfully implement the transition to a new high school, grade reconfiguration and boundary adjustments while meeting the instructional needs of our community in the 21st century."

    Key Outcomes

    The grade reconfiguration task force members have worked to complete the following tasks:
    • Study and develop recommendations of a districtwide philosophy specific to the grade-level focus (K–5; 6–8; 9–12)
    • Study program and instructional impacts of grade reconfiguration changes
    • Study, define and develop recommendations for the academic, activity and athletic programs to match philosophy
    • Define and initiate recommendations for staffing, budget, professional development and curriculum work necessary for transition
    • Review choice programs, including philosophy, best practices, articulation, location
    The task forces are facilitated by the respective assistant superintendents and report to the deputy superintendent who recommends to the cabinet or school board for further action.
     
    Task Force Membership
     
    There are three grade reconfiguration task force committees:
    • K-5 Elementary
    • 6-8  Middle School
    • 9-12 High School
    Each task force comprises:
    • Five parent/community members
    • Five administrators
    • Five certificated/classified staff representatives
    • Three ex-officio members
    • Liaisons from Human Resources, Business Services and Support Services
    • A school board liaison
    • An administrative assistant
    Each of the district's upcoming four high school feeder patterns (Bothell, Inglemoor, Woodinville and North Creek high schools) is represented. Each task force engages with students through ASBs, on-site visits and surveys.

    In the spring of 2013, the superintendent, in consultation with the board vice president, selected task force community members. The deputy superintendent, with consultation of the Assistant Superintendents of Elementary and Secondary Education, selected staff member representation.

    Please see the Elementary, Middle School and High School Task Force pages (links on the left of this page) for more information.